In Scotland, we need to make the most of a sunny day. As my dad is currently over from Paris for a few weeks, we thought that we would make the most of the giant shiny thing in the sky and go on a little road trip along with the dog, Bobby (the dog formerly known by the code name Doggy Dog).
When we set off on Sunday morning, we weren’t 100% sure where we’d end up as we had no set plans. As my mom was driving, we left it up to her to decide. Ayr Beach it was. Located on the western coastline of Ayrshire in the south-west of Scotland, it has been recognized as one of the best beaches in Scotland. Yes, we have beaches here. Sadly, we rarely have hot sunny days.
& to make it even better, it’s a dog friendly beach. Clearly it got a paw of approval from Bobby himself!
We walked along the sand all while trying to coax Bobby into the water. He wasn’t very impressed and dug his little paws into the sand at one point. Bobby was running up to people, sniffing seaweed and brainy box even stood on a dead jelly fish at one point. Oops. He had fun though!
After what seemed miles and miles, we came across a little bar/restaurant alongside the harbour called The Waterfront. The worry with taking your dog on a day out is trying to find somewhere that is dog friendly. Thankfully, we didn’t need to worry. We chose a seat out in the terrace and Bobby even got his own little bowl for his much-needed water.
I loved the variety in the menu but it was rather hard to pick what to have. However, since we were by the sea, it had to be fish (with chips- naturally). Delicious. Complete with mushy peas, pickled onion and a little nifty spray bottle of vinegar.
My dad ordered a bread board for one. A great selection of bread with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It was a vast amount of bread just for one person, so we shared it amongst the four of us. Yes, Bobby had some bread for his lunch.
Going with the fish theme, my dad then ordered mussels in a bacon and leek sauce for main course. A huge pot of big mussels, with only a few closed shells (which were discarded). The bacon and leek didn’t add much to the mussels though so I don’t think he’d try that flavour combination again.
My mom ordered haggis and black pudding fritters to start and a chicken salad sandwich. The fritters were delicious and I really want to recreate them at home rather soon. The fritters came with a lovely whisky sauce as well as little mounds of mashed potato and turnip. Once again, Bobby was in his element munching the mashed potato on his little pieces of bread along with some of my fish. Spoilt little dog!
After a relaxing lunch in the sun, we walked back towards the beach stopping off for ice cream (99 please!) which Bobby stared at like a hawk until I gave him a little bit.
All in all a great little afternoon out in the fresh air, giving the dog a chance to run around, finding a new restaurant to enjoy and all within an hour of Glasgow. Perfect.
Have you ever been to Ayr Beach before? Do you have a favourite beach in Scotland? Any road trips you’ve been on lately? Let me know in the comments!
The Waterfront Restaurant Rating
- Food - 9/109/10
- Service - 7/107/10
- Value - 8/108/10